korean life

Name that Game–Playing Planet Pyongyang

 

Originally Publishing on TheThreeWiseMonkeys.com

By Lee Scott


Surviving Senior Year in a Korean High School (and getting into SKY)

 

Originally Published on TheThreeWiseMonkeys.com

By Bo-kyung Byun

Halfway into my senior year, I decided I’d had enough. After spending two and a half years in high school trying to keep up with my workload—sleeping erratically, eating comfort food at night to stay awake, and spending the rest of my time glued to my seat hunching over piles of books—I could feel myself slowing down both physically and mentally. My joints creaked whenever I moved. My mind was constantly groggy. So I decided to perk myself up by working out. From that day on, I woke up at six in the morning and jogged for an hour at a gym near my house before going to school.


Our New President: the Views of Korea’s Young Women



Originally published by

By Iwazaru


With the election of Korea’s first female president, Park Geun-hye, on Dec. 19, 3WM asked three young Korean women to reflect on the historical event and what they see in Park’s next five years.


Little Ado in South Korea over North’s Rocket Launch–Stock Market Rises, Life Goes on


Church, Volunteer Organization, Cult? The Nebulous World of Korean Religious Movements

 

 

Originally published by

By Donald Kirk

The populist spiritual yearnings of Koreans can be difficult to fathom. Just as K-Pop has taken off from Tokyo to New York, Korean religious movements draw adherents worldwide over seemingly insurmountable barriers. Cults and cult-like groupings proliferate. They fill a spiritual void beyond the bounds of traditional churches and temples.


Adventures in Parenting Abroad Pt. 4: Please Please Please Reproduce! We’ll Give You Anything You Want!


Queering Korean Literature: Author and Activist Yi Gwang-su

 

“Queering Korean Literature” is a series of introductions to important “same-sex” texts in modern Korean literature and relevant media discourse , presented chronologically from the early 20th century to the present.“Queering literature” means expanding the scope of  literary studies to include non-heteronormative perspectives (such as LGBTIQ).
The early modern Korean author and social activist Yi Gwang-su (1892-1950) is the first “same-sex” writer in the series.


Adventures in Parenting Abroad Part 2: Push It!

Editor’s Note: This is the second part in a series about an expat mother’s experiences in Korea.

Read Part 1

By Ms. V

You may remember that when I arrived in country I was 32 weeks pregnant, which should have meant I was giving birth about eight weeks after we arrived. Alas, I remained pregnant for ten weeks after our arrival, giving birth at nearly 42 weeks.  It was June, in Seoul, hot and dusty as could be, and my belly just kept getting bigger and bigger. It was as if someone was sprinkling baby fertilizer on it while I slept. By 41+ weeks my doctor was beginning to contemplate ways to get things going, but thankfully, mercifully, the little one decided he was finally ready to face the world at 41 weeks, five days.


Do you Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Sinchon? Playing at Nori Bar

By Mizaru

Part 1 (here) Part 2 (here) Part 3 (here) A recent take on the live music scene in Hongdae (here)

Part 4– The Alpha and the Beta.

“Best of everything there was and everything there is to come is often undocumented.”–Patti Smith

Jet Boy Jet Girl meet Juju and Guju


‘No Biscuits’?–Did Snoop Dogg Dis Girls’ Generation?

Toon by Lee Scott, words by Iwazaru

Rapper Snoop Dogg found himself at the center of a Korean media storm the last few days after he made comments regarding the famed Kpop group Girls’ Generation. Snoop originally posted the following Tweet with an instagram on July 8:

 

After the post the Korean media and netizens went into a frenzy claiming that Snoop had criticized the group and saying it meant the girls have no sex appeal or are outright ugly.


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